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Turkish Press Review, 02-07-04

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From: Turkish Directorate General of Press and Information <http://www.byegm.gov.tr>

<LINK href="http://www.byegm.gov.tr_yayinlarimiz_chr_pics_css/tpr.css" rel=STYLESHEET type=text/css> <map name="FPMap1"> </map> <map name="FPMap1"></map> Press &amp; Information Turkish Press Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning

04.07.2002

SEZER CONGRATULATES BUSH ON INDEPENDENCE DAY HIGH-LEVEL TURKISH POLITICIANS PLEDGE TO WORK FOR EU MEMBERSHIP IN GERMANY BAHCELI: “I DO NOT APPROVE OF PRESS AND POLITICIANS’ APPROACH TO ECEVIT’S HEALTH” YILMAZ SPEAKS ON FUTURE OF TURKEY’S EU BID DERVIS SCHEDULES MEETING WITH BANK OFFICIALS TURKEY, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA SIGN FOUR AGREEMENTS PEARSON: “TURKEY HAS SET AN EXAMPLE WORLDWIDE” RASMUSSEN: “THE OCTOBER REPORT IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR TURKEY” BUYUKANIT: “NO CONCESSIONS ON ESDP” JUSTICE MINISTRY ISSUES REPORT ON DEATH PENALTY SOUTH KOREAN COMMERCIAL DELEGATION VISITS ISTANBUL CILLER PROPOSES ESTABLISHING THREE COMMISSIONS TURKISH TEAM MAKES GIANT LEAP IN WORLD RANKINGS FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS… THE HEAVIEST COST: UNCERTAINTY BY HASAN CEMAL (MILLIYET) THERE IS HOPE FOR THE EU BY GUNGOR MENGI (SABAH) ABOUT THE EU BY YILMAZ OZTUNA (TURKIYE)

CONTENTS

  • [01] SEZER CONGRATULATES BUSH ON INDEPENDENCE DAY
  • [02] LEADERS TO DISCUSS ECONOMY
  • [03] HIGH-LEVEL TURKISH POLITICIANS PLEDGE TO WORK FOR EU MEMBERSHIP IN GERMANY
  • [04] BAHCELI: “I DO NOT APPROVE OF PRESS AND POLITICIANS’ APPROACH TO ECEVIT’S HEALTH”
  • [05] YILMAZ SPEAKS ON FUTURE OF TURKEY’S EU BID
  • [06] DERVIS SCHEDULES MEETING WITH BANK OFFICIALS
  • [07] TURKEY, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA SIGN FOUR AGREEMENTS
  • [08] PEARSON: “TURKEY HAS SET AN EXAMPLE WORLDWIDE”
  • [09] RASMUSSEN: “THE OCTOBER REPORT IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR TURKEY”
  • [10] BUYUKANIT: “NO CONCESSIONS ON ESDP”
  • [11] JUSTICE MINISTRY ISSUES REPORT ON DEATH PENALTY
  • [12] TOBB CHAIRMAN TO VISIT SEZER
  • [13] SOUTH KOREAN COMMERCIAL DELEGATION VISITS ISTANBUL
  • [14] CILLER PROPOSES ESTABLISHING THREE COMMISSIONS
  • [15] JUNE INFLATION FIGURES RELEASED
  • [16] TURKISH TEAM MAKES GIANT LEAP IN WORLD RANKINGS
  • [17] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…
  • [18] THE HEAVIEST COST: UNCERTAINTY BY HASAN CEMAL (MILLIYET)
  • [19] THERE IS HOPE FOR THE EU BY GUNGOR MENGI (SABAH)
  • [20] ABOUT THE EU BY YILMAZ OZTUNA (TURKIYE)

  • [01] SEZER CONGRATULATES BUSH ON INDEPENDENCE DAY

    President Ahmet Necdet Sezer yesterday sent a message to US President George W. Bush wishing him a happy July 4th, the US Independence Day. “I congratulate the entire US nation on the 226th anniversary of its foundation,” wrote Sezer. He added his hope that Turkey and the United States, which have enjoyed strategic cooperation for many years, would continue to work hand-in-hand in all areas, especially in the fight against terrorism, a threat to both peace and freedom. /Hurriyet/

    [02] LEADERS TO DISCUSS ECONOMY

    The leaders of the coalition government chaired by Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit will meet this afternoon at the Residence of the Prime Ministry to discuss Turkey’s current economic situation. Besides Deputy Prime Ministers Devlet Bahceli, Mesut Yilmaz and Husamettin Ozkan, State Minister for the Economy Kemal Dervis, Finance Minister Sumer Oral, State Planning Organization (DPT) Undersecretary Akin Izmirlioglu, Treasury Undersecretary Faik Oztrak, Finance Ministry Undersecretary Ertan Dikmen, Central Bank Governor Sureyya Serdengecti, and Banking Supervision and Regulation Agency (BDDK) Chairman Engin Akcakoca will be in attendance. /All Papers/

    [03] HIGH-LEVEL TURKISH POLITICIANS PLEDGE TO WORK FOR EU MEMBERSHIP IN GERMANY

    A group of high-level Turkish politicians including Foreign Minister Ismail Cem, Deputy Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz, True Path Party leader (DYP) Tansu Ciller, Justice and Development Party leader (AKP) Recep Tayyip Erdogan, State Ministers Yilmaz Karakoyunlu and Tunca Toskay yesterday attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony of a new Dogan Media Group facility near Frankfurt, Germany. Offering their views of Turkey’s EU membership bid, the officials pledged to work hard for Turkey’s full EU membership. Remarking that Turkey had no time to waste, Yilmaz stated that the Turkish government needed Germany’s support to improve its relations with the European Union. For his part, Foreign Minister Ismail Cem stated that no matter what difficult times Turkey was going through, nobody had the right to cast a pessimistic cloud over the country’s future. Other officials also stated that they would strive to improve Turkey’s relations with the EU and to fulfill the Copenhagen criteria. /Cumhuriyet/

    [04] BAHCELI: “I DO NOT APPROVE OF PRESS AND POLITICIANS’ APPROACH TO ECEVIT’S HEALTH”

    Nationalist Action Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli said yesterday that he did not approve of the press and politicians’ approach to Prime Minister Ecevit’s health problems “It is not ethical to criticize the leaders who have worked hard their entire lives for the sake of their country,” Bahceli stated. /Sabah/

    [05] YILMAZ SPEAKS ON FUTURE OF TURKEY’S EU BID

    Motherland Party (ANAP) leader Mesut Yilmaz yesterday told his party’s Chairmanship Board about how Turkey’s European Union membership bid might proceed in view of the government’s varying views on the issue. “If our moves towards the EU are obstructed, a new government will continue the course,” he predicted. Yilmaz added that Devlet Bahceli, leader of government coalition member the Nationalist Action Party (MHP), had told the other coalition partners, ANAP and the Democratic Left Party (DSP), that they should seek opposition support to solve the death penalty issue, and he pledged that ANAP would work to do so. Yilmaz remarked that Parliament would be called back for an extraordinary session in September so as to adopt EU accession legislation, which would force Bahceli to revise his views. “First we will try to solve these issues under the present structure, but if this proves unworkable a new government can be formed,” he stated. /Milliyet/

    [06] DERVIS SCHEDULES MEETING WITH BANK OFFICIALS

    State Economy Minister Kemal Dervis is scheduled to meet next Friday, July 12, with officials from Turkey’s six largest banks. Rahmi Koc, Erol Sabanci, Ferit Sahenk, Ersin Ozince, Aydin Dogan and Husnu Ozegin will attend the meeting which will be held at the headquarters of the Turkish Development Bank in Istanbul. At the meeting, Dervis will brief the bank officials about the government’s banking operations. /Milliyet/

    [07] TURKEY, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA SIGN FOUR AGREEMENTS

    President Ahmet Necdet Sezer yesterday met with Beriz Belkic, the chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Ankara. After meetings between delegations representing the two countries, Turkey and Bosnia-Herzegovina signed four agreements. Under the Free Trade Agreement signed on Turkey’s behalf by State Minister Faruk Bal, Turkey agreed to lift customs taxes on industrial and agricultural products, excepting live animals and meat, in its commercial relations with Bosnia-Herzegovina. In addition, State Minister for the Economy Kemal Dervis signed two agreements on donations and State Minister Mehmet Kececiler signed an agreement for mutual assistance and cooperation between the countries’ customs administrations. In a joint press conference with Belkic, Sezer stated that a positive and productive atmosphere had dominated the meetings between the two countries. Belkic also visited the Turkish Parliament Speaker Omer Izgi after the meetings. /Cumhuriyet/

    [08] PEARSON: “TURKEY HAS SET AN EXAMPLE WORLDWIDE”

    US Ambassador to Turkey Robert Pearson yesterday held a reception to mark his nation’s Independence Day at the US Embassy in Ankara. Speaking at the occasion, Pearson said that the state model in Turkey had set an example to many nations worldwide. Pearson also said that the US was proud to stand by Turkey’s side. State Minister and government spokesman Sukru Sina Gürel also attended the reception and gave a speech on behalf of Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit. /Hurriyet/

    [09] RASMUSSEN: “THE OCTOBER REPORT IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR TURKEY”

    Speaking at the European Parliament yesterday, European Union Term President Denmark’s Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that if Turkey implemented the Copenhagen political criteria, a date could be given for its accession negotiations at the EU’s summit in December. Rasmussen pointed out that EU Council would evaluate the Commission’s report in October. EU Commission President Romano Prodi also stressed that the October report was very important for Turkey’s future. Following Prodi’s speech at EU general session, Turkey Rapporteur and Christian Democratic Party (HDP) Deputy Elma Brok predicted that Turkey would be a part of the EU’s enlargement, adding that Turkey shouldn’t bargain on Cyprus and the European Security and Defense Policy (AGSP) issues in order to get a date for its accession negotiations. /Sabah/

    [10] BUYUKANIT: “NO CONCESSIONS ON ESDP”

    Deputy Chief of the General Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit said yesterday that Turkey wouldn’t make any concessions concerning the European Security and Defense Policy (ESDP). Speaking to journalists at the US Embassy in Ankara’s reception for US Independence Day, Buyukanit commented on the Ankara Document, last year’s accord on the ESDP reached by Turkey, the US, and Britain. “The Ankara Document is the final word on this issue,” said Buyukanit. “Not a single letter of this document can be changed from now on.” Concerning the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, he said that it was out of the question at this time for the ISAF’s area of duty to be extended outside the capital Kabul. He added, “If the prime minister cannot participate in the Supreme Military Council, then the chief of general staff can act as chairman of the council.” /Aksam/

    [11] JUSTICE MINISTRY ISSUES REPORT ON DEATH PENALTY

    The Justice Ministry recently issued a report examining Turkey’s position on the death penalty as well as discussing possible alternatives to capital punishment. Pointing out that the death penalty is no longer a matter of dispute in European countries, the report stressed that the continued existence of capital punishment in Turkey constituted an obstacle for the extradition of criminals to the country. The report included arguments both pro and con on death penalty abolition and laid out alternative punishments that might replace capital punishment. /Cumhuriyet/

    [12] TOBB CHAIRMAN TO VISIT SEZER

    Union of Turkish Chambers and Commodities Exchanges (TOBB) chairman Rifat Hisarciklioglu is to visit President Ahmet Necdet Sezer today. Hisarciklioglu yesterday said that he would like to convey the results of this week’s TOBB Executive Board meeting on the current situation of Turkey’s government and Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit. Hisarciklioglu also said that he would express to Sezer the TOBB’s concern over the current political uncertainty and situation on the markets. /Hurriyet/

    [13] SOUTH KOREAN COMMERCIAL DELEGATION VISITS ISTANBUL

    A South Korean delegation led by Korean International Commercial Institution head Han Young Soo yesterday visited the headquarters of the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (ITO) in Istanbul. There the delegation held talks on commercial opportunities in such fields as industrial machines, computers and textiles with representatives from over 100 Turkish companies. ITO Deputy Chairman Ugur Catbas said that he had asked the delegation to boost Turkish-South Korean bilateral trade relations, as Turkey has only a $200 million share of South Korea’s annual $300 billion in foreign trade. /Star/

    [14] CILLER PROPOSES ESTABLISHING THREE COMMISSIONS

    True Path Party (DYP) leader Tansu Ciller, accompanied by her party’s Deputy Chairmen Ufuk Soylemez and Mehmet Saglam, met yesterday with representatives from Turkish associations in Frankfurt, Germany. Speaking to reporters, Ciller said, “We propose establishment of three commissions on our European Union membership bid, the Cyprus issue and amendments to the political parties and elections law. Let these three commissions work for a specific period, and then try to find a settlement to those issues as a whole.” Stressing that she had reiterated for a long time that ailing Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit should resign, Ciller remarked that Turkey’s future had been stymied due to the current government. /Turkiye/

    [15] JUNE INFLATION FIGURES RELEASED

    The State Institute of Statistics (DIE) yesterday released inflation figures for June. Last month the consumer price index (CPI) increased 0.6%, and the wholesale price index (WPI) rose 1.2%. Year-on-year inflation was realized as 42.6% for the CPI, and 46.8% for the WPI. /Turkiye/

    [16] TURKISH TEAM MAKES GIANT LEAP IN WORLD RANKINGS

    The Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) yesterday released its monthly World Ranking of football teams on a country-by-country basis. The Turkish National Team, fresh off its historic number three showing at the World Cup semifinals, leapt ahead 10 spots to claim number 12 among 75 nations, just shy of the top 10. Five-time World Cup winner Brazil took the top spot. /All Papers/

    [17] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…

    [18] THE HEAVIEST COST: UNCERTAINTY BY HASAN CEMAL (MILLIYET)

    Columnist Hasan Cemal writes on the recent uncertainty seen in Turkey’s economy and politics. A summary of his column is as follows: “Uncertainty is hanging like a cloud over Turkish politics. Is the economic cost of this political uncertainty less than that of general elections? In answer to this question, State Minister Responsible for the Economy Kemal Dervis carefully avoiding speaking about elections said that certainly the continuance of such an uncertainty was the heaviest cost. Observers following Turkey’s internal and foreign markets could not think otherwise. There are two important reasons for this uncertainty. The first is the ill health of Prime Minister Ecevit and the second is the difference of opinion among the coalition partners regarding the European Union. Dervis does not want to talk about the prime minister’s health. However, he is following the developments regarding the EU with concern. He attaches special importance to Turkey’s getting a date or a calendar for the beginning of its accession negotiations. Dervis said, “The Copenhagen criteria are not being requested only from Turkey. The correct thing to do for Turkey is to accept these criteria approved by everyone as soon as possible.’ He added that obtaining a date from the EU at the end of the year would affect the Turkish economy positively. I want to underline Dervis’ words that the continuance of uncertainty is the heaviest cost. The cost of political uncertainty stemming from the prime minister’s ill health has been escalating and is getting heavier day by day. There is no doubt that Prime Minister Ecevit has good intentions in his views regarding his own health and state administration. However, are good intentions enough? Can his good will help to overcome the increasing problem of confidence in both internal and foreign markets? In addition, how much can the coordination desired in the government regarding the economy help matters? It is not realistic to believe that issues will be solved only through coordination. In short, with Ecevit the prospect of overcoming the confidence problem in the markets is indeed distant. If the clouds of uncertainty hanging over us can be dispersed, the situation may quickly improve as the necessary infrastructure is there. The statement issued by the Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodities Exchange (TOBB) contains correct evaluations and recommendations. We hope that both the ruling parties and opposition parties listen to these in Ankara.”

    [19] THERE IS HOPE FOR THE EU BY GUNGOR MENGI (SABAH)

    Columnist Gungor Mengi writes on Deputy Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz’ statements made at the Motherland Party (ANAP) Chairmanship Board. A summary of his column is as follows:

    Deputy Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz’ statements at the ANAP Chairmanship Board were like a ray of hope, consoling us somewhat. It is understood that Turkey’s EU membership bid will be not sacrificed for the three leaders’ obsession with holding on to their seats. The two deputy prime ministers, Yilmaz and Ozkan, agreed upon a plan which will abolish the death penalty in September when the Parliament convenes in an extraordinary meeting. In the EU October report this step will be praised, and it will be stated that if the cultural rights issue is solved before the end of the year a date will be given to Turkey. It is believed that the Nationalist Action Party (MHP) will not be able to resist the pressure coming from the public any more. If this issue is not solved, a new government will be formed to take the country into elections in the spring of 2003. This agreement has two possible consequences: that the MHP may get tougher, and the political uncertainty may deepen, or that following the abolition of the death penalty, if the EU makes a promise on a date for accession negotiations, Bahceli may say that there is no reason left to resist allowing cultural rights. Either way, today we are more hopeful than yesterday.”

    [20] ABOUT THE EU BY YILMAZ OZTUNA (TURKIYE)

    Columnist Yilmaz Oztuna writes on the formation of the European Union and its present power. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “At the end of World War II (1939-1945), Germany was destroyed and France which was among the victorious nations had lost almost everything. (In my mind the most important defeat is that while French was the international language up to the 1940s, after that it was displaced by English.) In the light of the German-French dispute sparking two world wars in 25 years, following the terrible war of 1870, France began to think over the matter. The idea to form the nucleus of the European Union came from the French. To Prime Minister Schumann’s project, Chancellor Adenauer, who founded modern Germany, responded positively. They formed the nucleus of the European Union by taking Italy and the Benelux countries (Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg) among them. The greatest concern of de Gaulle was the union of the two Germanies and a consequent upsetting of the balance in Europe. He was planning on having a few independent German states. However, eventually the two Germanies united and became the strongest member of the European Union. The European states did not adopt the idea of the Union very easily. In Austria, entrance to the Union was accepted through a referendum with only 52% of the votes. In Norway, entrance to the Union was rejected only by 1% of votes. Great Britain hesitated a great deal, and has not even accepted the euro as yet. The 70% rate seen in public opinion polls in Turkey is the highest rate ever seen in the EU states. However, Turkey is neither Austria nor Norway or Britain. While we were bickering among ourselves for 210 years, they took their places under the sun. As the members of a civilization never satisfied with the rate of prosperity they had achieved, they discussed the European Union.”

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